Drying out while we stay cold for Sunday – Nick

Brief warming trend to start this week out

Good early Sunday morning, everyone. Our storm system pretty much wrapped up late last night and very early this morning. It may not have been as powerful here as it will be for our neighbors to our southeast and east for the next few days. However, it did deliver on accumulating snow from Friday night through much of our Saturday. In terms of what the Snow Tracker could see with radar estimates, we saw much of southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma pick up between a dusting and an inch of wet snow. As you worked from the US 69 corridor to the I-49 corridor, that’s where more areas picked up 1 to 3 inches. As expected, the heaviest of the snow that we saw fell in southwestern Missouri. The Joplin area picked up anywhere from 2 to 3 inches in general while areas closer to Stockton Lake, Table Rock Lake and Springfield saw snow amounts push into the 3 to 6 inch range.


Not only did our storm system deliver in terms of accumulating snow. It definitely brought the January chill back to the area. After we enjoyed highs in the middle 50s on Friday, our Saturday started with midnight highs in the middle 40s before lows dropped into the middle 20s. Even after we got past sunrise, the clouds and periods of snow only allowed temperatures to bounce back into the lower to middle 30s across much of the area for Saturday afternoon.


Looking at our weather setup, the storm system at the surface has now moved into the Southeast. It will continue to gather steam and pick up more moisture before it works up the East Coast. Fortunately, we have high pressure building in that will lead us to clearing skies throughout the course of the day ahead.


Upstairs, the upper-level low that brought the January chill back into play and the storm system through the region is working across the Deep South. That will start heading to the northeast as well and bring rain and snow up the Appalachian Mountain range and the East Coast for the next few days. For us, we’ll stay cold for another day on the colder side of the jet before the upper-level ridge out to the west starts playing a role in our weather early this week.


While the snow is done, we’ll have mostly cloudy skies and some patchy areas of fog through the rest of the night and to start this morning out. Plus, our lows are still expected to drop back into the upper teens to near 20 degrees. These are temperatures that could lead some untreated roads slick with some patchy black ice. That will be something to keep in mind if you’ll be on the road to star the day out.


Once we get past sunrise, we’ll get to work on getting rid of any areas of fog and the morning cloud cover. We’re expecting partly sunny skies by the lunch hour and mostly sunny skies for the rest of the upcoming afternoon. With the returning sun and a returning west/southwest wind at 5-10 mph, areas in southwest Missouri and around Joplin will see highs push into the middle to upper 30s. Areas west of US 69 could see highs push into the lower 40s before the day is all said and done.


After a cold and mostly clear night with lows dropping back into the middle to upper 20s for Monday morning, the upper-level ridge will push the jet back on top of the area for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Mostly sunny skies and a southwest breeze will push highs back to normal with most spots in the middle to upper 40s for Monday afternoon.


The jet will briefly shift back to our north for Tuesday. Even with partly sunny skies sneaking back in on Tuesday, it will be chilly but warmer with highs pushing into the middle 50s. While the week starts off on a quiet note with a warming trend, a few waves will head our way for Wednesday and Thursday. The first wave will bring the chance for a few rain showers our way for Wednesday morning. The main task that wave will do, though, is send us from midnight highs in the lower 40s to afternoon temperatures in the lower 30s.


While we turn back to cold weather on Thursday with highs in the middle 20s, we’ll watch for another weak wave to pass just to our north and northeast. It won’t have a lot of moisture to work with. However, it will have enough to keep mostly cloudy skies in place for Thursday and bring a few possible snow showers our way.


After Thursday’s wave, it will be dry but cold as we kick off next weekend. We will, however, go from highs in the upper 20s on Friday to highs in the upper 30s for Saturday. Doug has you covered from January 23rd through early February with his long range forecast down below. Have a great Sunday!


Jan. 23rd-29th:  Cool for the first half of the week before we warm up Thursday and Friday with rain chances. Colder by the weekend.

Jan 30th-Feb 5th:  Cool the first half of the week but a mild second half of the week.  Slight rain chances on Thursday and Saturday.

Feb 6th-12th:  Mainly a cool week with rain chances Monday and snow chances on Tuesday.  Thunderstorms and mild temperatures by the weekend.